des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Definition of destination

1 : the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined
2 : an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining
3 : a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent when the package has reached its destination kept their destination secret
4 : a place worthy of travel or an extended visit a popular tourist destination often used attributivelya destination restauranta destination resort

Examples of destination in a Sentence

After stopping for lunch, we continued on toward our destination. The package reached its destination two days later. He enjoys traveling to remote and exotic destinations. We traveled through three states before reaching our final destination.
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Recent Examples on the Web Travelers heading to a popular seasonal destination — like warm-weather Hawaii or snowy Lake Tahoe — are encouraged to book early and opt for refundable rates, if possible. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "What to Know About Booking Holiday Travel During COVID-19, According to Expedia," 9 Sep. 2020 Baltimore City had the highest number of unemployment claims per 100 people, with about 19, followed by Worcester County — which is home to the popular vacation destination Ocean City — with about 17, according to census data. Christine Condon,, "More Maryland unemployment claims have come from out of state than from any one county during pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020 Woman had a gun but never pointed it at security guard who killed her American adds nonstop flight to vacation destination from Indy Studio 2000 has closed. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "How university testing programs will affect Indiana's coronavirus numbers," 2 Sep. 2020 As fans may or may not know (sorry, spoiler alert!), each Modern Family character was sent off to a destination around the world. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why 'Modern Family' Ended After Its Emotional Season 11 Finale," 2 Sep. 2020 American Airlines flies directly from DFW International Airport to the mountain destination, with fares starting at about $240 each away. Dallas News, "Start-up plans Dallas-to-Aspen flights for ski season," 26 Aug. 2020 Fresh off being named to Conde Nast's 2020 Hot List, the historic Castle Hot Springs Resort will reopen for the 2020 season on Sept. 3 with a new attraction designed to add a touch of adventure to the luxury destination. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "Castle Hot Springs is set to reopen. Here's what's new at the hidden luxury resort," 22 Aug. 2020 Prices start at $36,395 All prices exclude destination charges. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Toyota snubs electric vehicle trend with plug-in hybrid 2021 RAV4 Prime, but will it work?," 20 Aug. 2020 At least 269 people have been sickened by the virus over the past two weeks in Taney County, home to the tourist destination of Branson. USA TODAY, "Black rodeo, Seth Meyers, game plans: News from around our 50 states," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of destination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destination

see destine

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The first known use of destination was in the 14th century

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14 Sep 2020

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“Destination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is being sent


des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Kids Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is sent

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